Questions about future of wind power in N.H.
“There have been several attempts in recent legislation to pass moratoria on wind energy in the state, either explicitly or de facto,” he wrote in an email. “Although those have not come to pass, there is continued pressure for the wind industry and wind supporters to defend against new legislation that would increase uncertainty, time and cost to permit wind energy facilities.”
One challenge, tied to national policy, is the expiration of the production tax credit earlier this year. But perhaps the most notable, the report said, are the challenges related to the siting of wind projects.
“Areas with the most promising wind resources may be undesirable because of their proximity to residences, the visual impact . . . and the noise they generate,” the report states.
Wind “is a tiny amount of our overall power needs that is generating huge controversies in the areas where developers want to locate them”
ALEXANDRIA — Spanish wind-energy giant Iberdrola Renewables said Tuesday it is abandoning efforts to build the Wild Meadows wind farm in the Newfound Lake/Cardigan Mountain area.
The company quickly found strong opposition to the plant, particularly from a group of area residents who came to be called New Hampshire Wind Watch. Wind Watch members said the 492-foot turbines above the tree lines of Newfound Lake would ruin property values and wreck the area’s scenic vistas and tourism economy.
“We’re thrilled Iberdrola has ended its plans for Wild Meadows,” said Wind Watch President Lori Lerner of Alexandria. “Residents of the towns where the project was to be located and those living in the surrounding communities have consistently and overwhelmingly opposed the towers.”
Meanwhile, over in Vermont: